Definition of White Privilege: Nine People Killed, 20 Shot, No Murder Charges, Everyone Released
Juxtapose that with Kalief Browder, an African-American high school sophomore who was arrested for stealing a man's backpack. read more
Republicans were outraged -- outraged -- when, at February's National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama said:
"Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ So this is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith." read more
It's also an instance of a sports team paying homage to an indigenous culture without simply appropriating it. In this way, the All Blacks stand in stark contrast to controversial U.S. franchises such as the Cleveland Indians, the Washington Redskins, and, sadly, my hometown Chicago Blackhawks -- all of which incorporate imagery and nomenclature that offends many Native Americans.
Some argue such branding is intended to "honor" indigenous peoples. How this is accomplished by way of leering, cartoonish likenesses or outright epithets is beyond me. Even if such depictions weren't constantly flagged as offensive by Native American advocates, slapping the name of a tribe onto your baseball cap is a decidedly superficial way to demonstrate respect. read more